Trip to the field

Trip to the field
This week I took a trip to Masvingo District to visit the WFP Masvingo Office and see a Food For Assets (FFA) project in action. I spent two days in Masvingo Town interviewing academics and experts about cropping distribution in the District. One other day was spent accompanying my WFP colleagues as well as Adventist ...

Climate Change in Southern Africa

15. June 2017 climate risk 0
Climate Change in Southern Africa
Fewer rainy days and more extreme rainfall by the end of the century in Southern Africa   Benjamin Pohl Clémence Macron Paul-Arthur Monerie Future changes in the structure of daily rainfall, especially the number of rainy days and the intensity of extreme events, are likely to induce major impacts on rain-fed agriculture in the tropics. In Africa ...

Making climate finance work in agriculture

10. June 2017 uncategorized 0
This discussion paper was produced as a background documentfor the 2016 FAO State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) report. It was produced through desk research and analysis of existing agricultural and climate finance literature. Moreover, qualitative interviews with key experts representing different stakeholder groups in the agriculture, climate, and financial sectors were conducted to inform ...

Work in Harare

30. May 2017 Harare, WFP 0
Work in Harare
The World Food Programme’s Harare Country Office is in Avondale, on a road lined with palm trees (not uncommon for Harare). My colleagues are from a diverse range of places with most having worked for WFP in at least a few different countries. After receiving various warm welcomes, my ID card, my ThinkPad loan, and ...

Life in Harare

14. May 2017 Harare 2
Life in Harare
Just over a week ago I arrived at Harare International Airport and stepped into the bright, hot sun. A jovial WFP driver named Kenneth picked me up and answered all of my questions about life in Zimbabwe (yes, they do have Nandos). Upon arriving at my accommodation, I promptly collapsed from exhaustion due to watching ...

ENACTS Transforms Insurance Projects in Africa

29. April 2017 index insurance 0
ENACTS Transforms Insurance Projects in Africa
ENACTS Transforms Insurance Projects in Africa Posted by IRI on April 12, 2017 By Dan Osgood, Lead Scientist, IRI Financial Instruments Sector Team Small farms are vulnerable to climate risk, but most smallholder farmers around the world don’t have access to insurance and other financial tools to manage fluctuations in climate. Over the past decade we’ve ...

CCAFS International Conference – Where is the cutting edge?

18. April 2017 CCAFS, events 0
CCAFS International Conference – Where is the cutting edge?
The NUI Galway Plant & AgriBiosciences Research Centre (PABC) and the global Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) program will host an international Conference on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security in the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) on Monday 24th April 2017.   The CCAFS global research programme is a collaboration ...